Who hasn’t danced to Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Knowing Me, Knowing You, Mamma Mia, or any of ABBA’s classic songs? Around 400 million records sold makes ABBA Sweden’s most successful musical export of all time, and has contributed with a musical treasure that every day gets new fans worldwide. As known the group broke up in 1983, but has now been reunited in the form of ABBA The Museum on Djurgården in Stockholm.
ABBA the Museum is the main attraction of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and located next to the amusement park Gröna Lund on Djurgården. Swedish Music Hall of Fame is the place where the Swedish popular music and its rich history from the 1920s and onwards is emphasised with unique events, exclusive performances and interesting exhibitions. There is also a “Hall of Fame” of Swedish popular music legends, which besides ABBA consist of Roxette, The Knife, Max Martin, The Cardigans, Håkan Hellström, Monica Zetterlund, Swedish House Mafia, and Robyn among others. It is simply a musical meeting place where everyone is welcome.
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ABBA The Museum opened May 7, 2013, and since then it has been visited by over 350,000 people, where more than 50 percent are tourists from other countries than Sweden. And whether you love ABBA or just like music in general, the museum will defintitely not disappoint you.
For example you can visit the legendary Polarstudion where Abba recorded all the songs. In the studio you can find a piano that is linked to a piano in Benny Andersson’s studio. When Andersson plays in his studio the piano in the museum starts to autoplay. You can also see a collection of original items from the group’s victory in the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton 1974 and from the rest of their career.
Another favorite is a red old fashioned phone that anytime can start ringing. Only the ABBA members have the phone number, so if you are lucky, you suddenly got Annifrid Lyngstad at the other end! Additionally, you can watch music videos, stage clothes and gold records, look at Bjorn’s father Gunnar Ulvaeus’ original press cuttings, put yourself behind the controls of the Arrival helicopter from the classic album cover, dance on a flashing disco floor, and look into Stikkan Anderson’s office in Stockholm.
Through the museum’s audio guide (which costs SEK 20 and is available in twelve languages), you can also listen to Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Björn and Benny’s own stories and memories from their amazing career. And do not miss the big interactive part of the exhibition where everything you do can be downloaded to your computer via the barcode on the ticket.
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The goal is simply to make you feel like the fifth member of ABBA. And as you can see there is plenty of things to experience on ABBA The Museum. Before you leave, we also recommend a visit to the museum shop where you can buy gifts full of dancing, singing and great music.
You can buy tickets on the website. And please note that the museum has only card payment, i.e. no cash, and that the tickets are so-called slot times to minimize the waiting in lines. This means that you book a time for your visit at the same time as you’re buying your tickets. The ticket price also includes entrance to the Swedish Music Hall of Fame and the History of Swedish Popular Music.
We wish you a great day at ABBA The Museum!
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